Off the Rails
Directed by Adam Irving
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times. As a boy Darius befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 6 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid and without ever hurting anyone or damaging any property.
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating NYC bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.
Cast: Darius McCollum
This is a great film. It's unfortunate how things play out though. Having taught Special Needs for 12 years I have had my share of students with similar fixations or high function levels of ASD where I worried about their futures and how they could one day be misunderstood. It's a shame his Aspergers isn't being considered or even acknowledged. Definitely
What tragedy. What the North American society loses by not recognizing potential that is thrown away. Stellar film, tragic story.
Really fascinating documentary.
Sad testimony to the system failing to treat an illness and placing a non-violent person in maximum security. He needed counseling, not incarceration. It's probably his condition that kept him from becoming like the other prisoners. The only saving grace in this story.
what a casualty of indifference and what a dedicated artist to be so determined to create this portrait. Im inpired and saddened all at once.